Tucson Winter Chamber fest by the numbers

2014-03-13T00:00:00Z Tucson Winter Chamber fest by the numbersBy Cathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Tucson’s widely acclaimed jewel of a chamber music festival gets underway Sunday, and we can list a dozen reasons to Sunday why you shouldn’t miss it. But we’ll stick to a few by-the-numbers reasons.

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commissioned works to be premiered: Schuller’s String Quartet on March 21 and Bodorova’s Sonata for Piano on March 23. The Friends are celebrated around the country for their audience-supported commissioning program, which has produced more than 50 new works since 1995.

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dress rehearsals, where you can catch the artists in street clothes working out the fine details of the concert performances. They are from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 21 and March 23 at the Leo Rich Theatre.

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renowned artists, including flamenco-classical guitarist Pepe Romero, the Miro Quartet and longtime festival friends pianists Bernadene Blaha and Kevin Fitz-Gerald.

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works to be performed throughout the festival, not including those being performed at the March 22 Arizona Inn gala dinner and concert or the youth concert next Thursday.

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composers represented, including two commissioned by the Friends: American Gunther Schuller and Czech Sylvie Bodorova.  Both will be on hand at the festival.

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